Saturday July 11th proved to be an adventurous day as The Pocono Arts District presented a variety of activities throughout the town of Stroudsburg, PA for its monthly Art Walk. These events usually take place on the first Saturday of the month but, as July's first Saturday correlated with the Independence Day Holiday, it was rescheduled for the 11th. This change didn't make the day any less festive for the artists and art lovers who participated in the day long endeavor as many events to enhance and satisfy the masses took place.
My adventures began at the Farmers Market which was held at the town's Courthouse Square. The market offers fresh produce along with other items such as breads and wine to the delight of all health conscious customers who visit. The market also includes a Plein Air Painting session led by Jill Swersie www.jillswersie.com of The Pocono Arts District. Artists of all levels of experience are invited to attend. The Monroe Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 8am until Noon. You can learn more about them by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/monroefarmersmkt?fref=ts or their Website at www.monroefarmersmarket.com.
As the vendors in the Farmers Market were closing up shop, I moved myself to the front of the Cafe Duet www.facebook.com/cafeduetstbg?fref=ts to meet with the artists who were to participate in The 8th Stroudsburg, PA Sketch Crawl. After a series of joyful greetings, sketch pads and pencils were pulled out so the artists could begin to draw. A variety of images met the paper as the skilled movement of the pencils reflected the talents of its holder. I endeavored to stretch my creative abilities by joining the sketchers upon which I proved to be a good photographer. After a time, the company moved toward the Ramsey Elementary School to take up residence there in order to capture more incredible images. When it was time to leave that location, the group traveled to their final destination which was the Origins Gallery.
The heat of the day crated a desire to move inside of the air conditioned venue and, after gaining permission, we found our places upon the comfortable chairs that were available and continued drawing. It was at this location that the company was joined by others who shared their talents which enhanced the flavor of the gathering. The Stroudsburg, PA Sketch Crawl meets every other Saturday offering artists an opportunity to travel around the town in order to sketch items unique at each of the three selected locations that is visited during a 40 minute time period. All artists of any level of experience are invited and welcomed to participate. You can learn more about The Stroudsburg, PA Sketch Crawl by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/StroudsburgSketchCrawl?fref=ts or their Website at www.stroudsburgsketchcrawl.tumblr.com.
The next stop of my Art Walk adventure was one I didn't have to walk to. Since the final location of The Stroudsburg, PA Sketch Crawl was the Origins Gallery, I simply stayed there as they began their Open House event. A great number of art related activities were offered as well as some good food and conversation. It was a joy to relax while chatting with artists who lent their talents to create something wonderful either alone or in collaboration with another. There were also a number of pieces upon the gallery's wall from their Papers, Prints and Frames exhibition which concluded on Sunday July 12th. Their next exhibition is titled, “Fantasies and Imaginings.” Artists are invited to submit their work on July 16th and 17th. The Artists' Reception will take place on Saturday July 18th beginning at 6pm with the work remaining on display until August 2nd. You can learn more about The Origins Gallery by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/OriginsGalleryStroudsburg?fref=ts or their Website at www.originsgallery.org.
It was after a time at The Origins Gallery did I travel to The SOHO in the Burg Gallery to visit any and all individuals who were there. I was greeted with the ever present effervescence of the establishment's owner, Andrea Robbins Rimberg. She eagerly showed me a sculpture she was working on of Jacob Stroud who was the founder of Stroudsburg, PA. The statue was being created as part of a borough wide celebration marking its 200th year in existence. The SOHO in the Burg Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA is currently showing their Eye Candy exhibition and will continue to do so until July 30th. Their next exhibition will be conjunction with The Local Flair Magazine's August/September Food Issue and will be titled, “Art á la Carte.” The Artists' Reception is scheduled for Saturday August 8th. You can learn more about The SOHO in the BURG Gallery by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/sohointheburg or their Website at www.sohointheburg.com.
After I left The SOHO in the BURG Gallery, I wandered over to the first of two Artists' Receptions of the day. The PoconoArts Cultural Center showcased the work of a number of artists for their Landscape Exhibition which was held in the Center's ARTSPACE Gallery. The walls of the gallery also presented the work of Joni Oye Benintende while the Center's studio gallery displayed its ongoing exhibit featuring the work of the late Morris Berman. The variety of the work created a landscape upon the wall transcended the wonderments of the images each piece depicted. A modest but enthusiastic gathering of art lovers filled the venue and shared the discoveries they encountered while exploring the terrain of each piece through their excited conversations. Awards were given to those artists who demonstrated exceptional skill in capturing the essence of their depictions. The awards included Honorable Mentions going to Joyce Love for her work titled, “Lakeside” and to Jill Swersie for her work titled, “A Winter Walk.” The 3rd place prize went to Eric Goins for his piece titled, “Blossom Art,” the 2nd place prize went to Jason Scott Williamson for his piece titled, “Mountain View,” and the 1st place prize went to Pamela Mading for her work titled, “Birches.” The judge for the event was Patti Tinsman-Schaffer.
Photography by Paparazzi Paul.